Kurt Barlow

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  1. Kurt Barlow

    Not buying EU Products

    Many people in Tehran speak English and they generally have a good sense of humour. When I flew in 2016 security wanted to open my suitcase which was full of womens clothes. I told the guy this and said my wife is is waiting for me on the other side of the barrier. He just laughed and waved me through.
  2. Kurt Barlow

    Not buying EU Products

    I have suggested it to my wife. Seriously the cost of things there is minimal due to excahnge rates. Its a dosbodders skinflints paradise She has been there for the last two weeks (pick her up tonight from Heathrow) sorting out her deceased Dads estate. Aside from that: Dental treatment and work Opticians & new glasses & contacts. Haircut Nails Waxing and lasering dry cleaning (about a years worth) Clothing repairs Shoe repairs All adds up to about 2.5x the air ticket price compared to UK costs.
  3. Kurt Barlow

    Not buying EU Products

    For alternative holidays we have a two bed apartment in Tehran.
  4. Kurt Barlow

    Bye bye Treason May?

    My local MP is John Barron who is a hardline Brexiteer so in any election its a toss up for me between him and UKIP. I'm inclined to vote for him (assuming he doesn't do a backflip and support May) although my heart now is with UKIP.
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    Bye bye Treason May?

    If Treason does go who would we want to see replace her? I reckon JRM would be good - he is crystal clear in his explanations and reasoning and isn't viewed as the Lord Snooty Liebour would have you believe. In reality I suspect we will get some greaser like Hammond or a PC appointment - Javid or the Jock Lezza.
  6. Kurt Barlow

    Bye bye Treason May?

    If they accept Tommy R then they could also potentially capture a large section of the population who traditionally have low turnout at elections. If TR can motivate those people to vote UKIP it could get interesting.
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    Bye bye Treason May?

    Coincidentally McVey is a long term friend of Kate McCann
  8. Kurt Barlow

    Last share you bought?

    SSE - into the SIPP
  9. Kurt Barlow

    Happy State Pension Equality Day!

    Cheers Mrs B is taking two weeks unpaid this year plus she had a gap between jobs as she is sorting out her dads estate so her income will be around 58K. Next year we need to do the amounts you say
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    Happy State Pension Equality Day!

    On the subject of child benefit do extra pension contributions at source count in bringing the taxable income below 50K? My wife earns 57 K plus another 5K from investments. Before tax she pays about 4500 into her pension. She also pays about 1450 for child care vouchers. If she then pays another 6K in AVC will this get her under the 50K bar?
  11. Kurt Barlow

    The DOSBODS Wagner Appreciation Society

    Wagner
  12. Kurt Barlow

    Premium bonds

    They lost their contract (contract manufacturers) - they are all out on the arses in 3 months. Mrs B really was the winner in this case.
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    Premium bonds

    Yes - about 3 weeks later she got a job (60K ish) which complimented her 3 months tax free redundancy very well. Downside is its a bit longer commute but she prefers the job- more stable and better paid
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    Premium bonds

    I won 25 and Barlow Jnr won 25 on a combined 53K holding. Still waiting to hear the results from Mrs B - she is in Iran for two weeks sanctioning busting.
  15. I'm glad young Ahmed has settled into school nicely after all that money we raised to help clothe and feed him